Psychic TV

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Psychic TV (sometimes spelled Psychick TV) or PTV, is a video art and music group that primarily performs psychedelic, punk, electronic and experimental music. The band was formed by performance artist Genesis P-Orridge and video director Peter Christopherson (after the breakup of Throbbing Gristle) with Alex Fergusson, musician and producer (a key member of Alternative TV for whom P-Orridge had played percussion).

The band began publishing a monthly series of 23 live albums in 1986, but stopped without explanation after only 17. The tenth, a picture disk most commonly referred to as Album 10, could only be obtained by submitting tokens contained in each of the previous nine releases. The band subsequently earned an entry in the Guinness Book of World Records for most records released in one year.

Contributors to Psychic TV have included artists such as Coil, Current 93, Hafler Trio, The Cult, White Stains, Soft Cell, Fred Giannelli, XKP, Master Musicians of Jajouka, Matthew Best, Daniel Simon Black, Bill Breeze, Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson, Derek Jarman, John Gosling, Timothy Leary, Rose McDowall, Stephen Kent, Vagina Dentata Organ, Andrew Weatherall, Larry Thrasher, Z'EV, Zef Noi$e, Jeff Berner, and many others.

Thee Temple ov Psychick Youth (aka T.O.P.Y.), was formed as an organisation at the same time as the band. T.O.P.Y. was intended to be the philosophical wing of Psychic TV, but also presented an image of being a cult-like fanclub for the group. P-Orridge left it in 1991.

Psychic TV released early albums of acid house music in (1988) as fake compilations, such as Jack The Tab and Tekno Acid Beat. After breaking up in 1999, Psychic TV reformed as PTV3 with a new line-up in 2003.

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Album

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1982 Force the Hand of Chance Psychic TV 3
1982 Themes Psychic TV 2
1983 Dreams Less Sweet Psychic TV 4
1984 Those Who Do Not Psychic TV 3
1985 Descending Psychic TV 1
1988 Allegory and Self Psychic TV 2
1988 Mouth of the Night Psychic TV 1
1988 Psychedelic Violence Psychic TV 1
1989 Kondole Psychic TV 1
1990 At Stockholm Psychick TV & White Stains 2
1990 Towards Thee Infinite Beat Psychic TV 2
1992 Cold Dark Matter Psychic TV 1
1993 Eclipse ov Flowers Psychic TV 5 1
1993 Kondole Psychic TV 1
1993 Mouth of the Night Psychic TV 1
1993 Peak Hour Psychic TV 2
1993 Rare and Alive Psychic TV 1
1993 Stained by Dead Horses Psychic TV 1
1993 Sugarmorphoses Psychic TV 5 1
1994 A Hollow Cost Psychic TV 2
1994 AL-OR-AL: Thee Transmutation Ov Mercury Psychic TV 1
1994 Allegory & Self Psychic TV 5 1
1994 Electric Newspaper Issue One Psychic TV 1
1994 Mouth Ov Thee Knight Psychic TV 1
1994 Pagan Day Psychic TV 1
1995 Electric Newspaper, Media 3 Psychic TV 1
1995 Cathedral Engine Psychic TV 1
1995 Electric Newspaper Issue Two Psychic TV 1
1995 Themes, Part I Psychic TV 1
1996 Trip Reset Psychic TV 1
1998 Themes 2: A Prayer for Derek Jarman Psychic TV 1
2004 Godstar: Thee Director's Cut Psychic TV 1
2006 Live in Russia Psychic TV 1
2007 Hell Is Invisible... Heaven Is Her/e Psychic TV 1
2008 Force the Hand of Chance Psychic TV 1
2008 Mr. Alien Brain vs. The Skinwalkers Psychic TV 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1994 Hex Sex: The Singles Part One Compilation Psychic TV 1
1995 God Star: The Singles Part Two Compilation Psychic TV 1
1995 Beauty From Thee Beast: Thee Best Ov Psychic TV Compilation Psychic TV 2
1998 Origin of the Species Compilation Psychic TV 1
1998 Origin of the Species Volume Too! Compilation Psychic TV 1
2001 Time's Up (Best Ov Psychic TV) Compilation Psychic TV 1
2002 Origin of the Species, Volume III Compilation Psychic TV 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1984 Berlin Atonal, Volume 1 Live Psychic TV / Z'EV 1
1990 Live at the Berlin Wall, Part 1 Live Psychic TV 1
1990 Live at the Berlin Wall, Part 2 Live Psychic TV 1
1990 Live in Bregenz Live Psychic TV 1
1991 City Ov London + City Ov Glasgow Live Psychic TV 1
1999 Were You Ever Bullied at School... Do You Want Revenge? Live Psychic TV 1
2003 Live in Gottingen Live Psychic TV 1

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